a former student....

So I have been intending to write a blog post about my former student, Emily Wohlscheid, for as long as I have had this blog. I had Emily in multiple classes at Adrian College, a million years ago. I can't remember if I tortured her in Drawing and 2-D, but I know we shared a couple of semesters in Printmaking and one in Fibers.  And Fibers was just her thing.  I wished I had had more experience to share with her at that time, and I wished the college had had more classes for her to take.  But...she has found her own way and is making a business of it.  I am so proud of her.  She had way more courage than I did as a recent grad...developing her own line of jewelry and yarns and marketing it through art fairs.  She has six fairs scheduled in 2016 in the Midwest; I wish she would get one closer to me!  Emily was the one person I got in touch with about show prep once I got into RISDCraft.  Her best piece of advice "always bring an extra pair of scissors."  Please check out her website, Bricolage Studios and her shop on BigCartel.com.  I have included a couple of my favorite of her pieces below.   

Pin Cushion.

Pin Cushion.

Bracelet.

Bracelet.

Earrings.

Earrings.

Necklace. 

Necklace. 

so many more....

I have about 60 of these 4x4 inch squares now.  I think that is only about a third of the amount I will need.  Each square has hooks on two sides and eyelets on the other two, so that they can attach to those next to it.  Some will remain plain, some will have masses of eyelets and others will have the eyelets and hair like masses.  I can make the hair like masses in a different way than I had originally planned, which will go much faster.  I am really liking how it is quilt like...but I want it to be BIG...like five by six feet.  And I need to find a more permanent way for it to stay fixed together to go on the wall the first time, as I will be out of town when it is installed.  I need to make the installation fool proof.  Not quite sure how that will happen just yet.  

I love the weird little overlapping eyelets.  I could sew those all day.